The jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday called for systematic sanctions against Russian oligarchs who support Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military activity in Ukraine.
In a lengthy post on social media, he said that Western sanctions – those of the United States, the European Union or the United Kingdom – target only 46 of Russia’s 200 richest people. Forbes.
“That doesn’t sound like an all-out war against Putin’s oligarchs,” said Navalny.
According to him, the head of Russia’s gas giant Gazprom, Alexei Miller, is still not on the EU’s sanctions list.
Navalny says that the famous Russian financier – and former Chelsea football club owner – Roman Abramovich has so far escaped US sanctions, despite his companies “supplying the metal” to the Russian Ministry of Defense”.
“We cannot expect a split among Putin’s elites on the question of war if, despite a lot of talk, we still do not use the stick against them, while allowing they keep all their carrots.”
“I call on all voters and legislators in the EU, UK, US and Canada to put pressure on the executive branch and force them to stop engaging in ethical activities and urgently take measures massive personal punishment for Putin’s thieves.”
He also suggested that the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom ban anyone supporting Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine from their soil “for 20”.
Navalny is serving a nine-year prison term in a penal colony near the Russian town of Vladimir on charges of embezzlement that he and his allies say are politically motivated.
But he continued to pass messages on to his lawyers.
Navalny, 46, is well known as an anti-corruption blogger and before his arrest campaigned for anti-government protests across Russia.
In 2020, he barely survived a poison attack that he blamed on Russian authorities, but the Kremlin has denied any involvement.
He was arrested last year on his return from treatment in Germany, sparking widespread condemnation abroad.
His anti-corruption organization has compiled a list of more than 6,000 officials accused of supporting Russian activities in neighboring Ukraine.
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